20 Jul 2013

Grit

Several years ago I found myself going through a very tough time emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. My marriage of thirteen years had just ended, I had sold my home, moved into an apartment with my son, and was struggling to find my way forward as a single woman and mom. I remember feeling intense fear and emotional pain like I had never experienced in my life. My family had watched my weight drop and

1 Mar 2013

Marathon

On February 2, 2014, I will run my first full marathon, 26.2 miles, in the city of New Orleans. I have been training diligently for one full year to prepare my mind and body for this challenge. Throughout the journey of working toward this goal there have been wonderful moments of accomplishment as well as tear-filled setbacks, and I have loved experiencing all of it. As I look back, I realize I completed every single

15 Feb 2013

Hurt

I am excited to be running my first half marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, February 24. I will have been training for a total of seven months, and this journey has certainly not been without its challenges. In October of last year I fractured a bone in my ankle and had to sit out of training for four weeks. It was a difficult time for me emotionally and physically, and I had many doubts

13 Feb 2013

Guilt

Through the years that I have been in fitness, I have found one of the biggest impediments to staying on track and achieving fitness goals is guilt. We feel guilty when we eat too much or when we stray from our diet, when we skip the gym or interrupt our fitness routines. After the holidays, after vacations or major life events, we tend to look at our diversion off course and criticize ourselves for choices

12 Feb 2012

Healing

For anyone who has ever sustained an injury, whether physical or emotional, the greatest lesson is that it takes time to heal completely. We learn that we cannot shorten or control the time in any way. It is almost as if the healing has a life of its own, and we can do nothing but wait for the process to unfold. For seasoned athletes, this wait can be grueling, and can even feel like a

11 Feb 2012

Plateau

If you are working toward specific fitness goals and have been diligently following a plan that works for you, it can be very frustrating to suddenly find what feels like a halt in your progress. This is often called a fitness “plateau,” or a period of time when you are no longer seeing measurable results. It happens to everyone at one time or another, and it certainly does not mean you have been doing something

11 Feb 2012

Resistance

I recently began taking a spin class at the gym. This class wears me out, every time. By the end of the hour, my hair is matted and stuck to my back, my cheeks are flushed, and my legs are shaking as I climb off the bike. As I am struggling to catch my breath, I notice the precious lady sitting next to me who has not even broken a sweat. Her makeup is still

16 Dec 2011

Personal Trainer

On our fitness journey, there are times when we feel as if we have reached a “plateau,” or we have gone as far as we can with our current level of knowledge and experience. We may get frustrated at this point with our own lack of progress, and we may begin complaining, comparing ourselves to others, or thinking that we cannot achieve our goals. However, this is the perfect time for a personal trainer to

11 Oct 2011

The Right Fit

I had the experience of driving a rental car this week while mine was in the shop for some minor bodywork. It is a very nice car, but it is not MY car. In fact, everything about it feels awkward. It simply does not fit me. Even my child said, while driving to school, “Mom? This car isn’t US.” I am so thankful that I learned a long time ago that what fits, feels wonderful,

9 Sep 2011

Active Recovery

People who are giving 100% in life and pursuing their dreams with passion often neglect a very important aspect of a healthy lifestyle – recovery. This is not merely lying down to sleep or taking a day off. The demands we place on the body can deplete our stores of energy entirely. To properly care for ourselves, we must invest time in activities that promote nourishment, healing, and restoration.   This is particularly true for